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Ulla Westlund
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Ulla Westlund was born in Dalarna, Sweden, and she has been a singer and performer from as early as age four, when she had her debut at the local church. Her restless desire for music and for the stage gave spark to an impressive and varied career that started with folk music, explored popular genres such as jazz and musical, and was complemented by work as an actress and a model. Her true passion, however, emerged when she discovered her love and talent for classical singing, and opera.

Miss Westlund received her formal education at the Conservatoire of Birmingham, where she finished with a B. Mus. Degree with Honors and Distinction, and a DPS Diploma in Professional Studies — the Conservatoire's highest award. The BBC Broadcast Royal Gala Opening in Birmingham, 1997, became her world debut, when she appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, both as a soloist and in duet with the legendary Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda.

It was a lyric repertoire that Miss Westlund started out with, singing roles such as Violetta in La Traviata (1998, England) and Anaide in Mosé in Egitto (also England). But there was more to come: Fruitful training years spent in Italy, along with the natural maturing of her voice, made her grow into a spinto soprano, now fully capable of such demanding parts as Floria Tosca, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, and Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly.

Just like her voice could never be contained, neither could her whereabouts. Miss Westlund has been living, studying and performing in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany, and has now recently put her focus on the United States, where she received a Green Card in 2008. Her U.S. opera debut was in June 2009, when she performed as Maddalena, one of the title roles in the world premiere of Louis Gioia's opera I Tre Compagni, produced by Encompass New Opera Theatre, New York City.

Selected Competitions & Awards

  • Kvinnor kan, Sweden, nominated as one of the most promising women artists, 2004;
  • Swedish Culture Award, 2003, awarded by Prime Minister Göran Persson;
  • The European Union Arts Scholarship, first musician ever to receive this award, 2001;
  • The Royal Union Pro Patria Culture Award, Sweden;
  • Borlaenge Culture Award, Sweden;
  • Opera Award of the Swedish Order of Freemason Johannes Loge;
  • Theodor Hanne Mannheimer Culture Award for Opera;
  • Citta di Bevagna International Opera Competition, Italy, Gala Finalist;
  • Mario Lanza Competition, Prize Winner;
  • Roberty Cahan Prize, Singer of the Year;
  • Helge Ax:on Johnson Award, for research on Puccini.

Selected Concerts & Performances

  • I Tre Compagni, opera by Louis Gioia, starring as Maddalena, Glen Cortese, conductor, Encompass New Opera, New York;
  • Norrlands Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Act I, Tosca, and excerpts from Un Ballo in Maschera, La Forza del Destino, Glenn Mossop, conductor;
  • Royal Gala Opening (BBC Broadcast), soloist/duo with Nicolai Gedda and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth, conductor, excerpts from La Traviata, Rigoletto, The Merry Widow; introduced by Elizabeth Soderstroem, Birmingham Symphony Hall, England;
  • Teatro Flavio Vespasiano, Rieti, Italy, excerpts from I Pagliacci, Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Tosca;
  • Musik Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Tribute to Jenny Lind, Jubilee Concert.
Opera Repertoire
Tosca Tosca Puccini
Suor Angelica Il Trittico Puccini
Madame Butterfly Madame Butterfly Puccini
Amelia Un ballo in maschera Verdi
Aida Aida Verdi
In Preparation
Adriana Lecouvreur Adriana Lecouvreur Cilea
Maddalena Andrea Chénier Giordano
Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte Mozart
Elisabetta Don Carlos Verdi
Desdemona Otello Verdi
Leonora Il Trovatore Verdi
Elisabeth Tannhäuser Wagner
Agathe Der Freischütz Weber
Concert Repertoire
Synfonia no. 9 D-minor op. 125 Beethoven
Synfonia no. 4 G-major Mahler
Stabat Mater Pergolesi
Stabat Mater Rossini
Messa da Requiem Verdi
Recital Repertoire
Scandinavian Songs Alfvén, Grieg,
Groendal, Sibelius
Spanish Songs de Falla, Granados, Rodrigo, Sor
Frauen Lieben und Leben Schumann
Vier letzte Lieder Strauss
Other German Lieder Brahms, Schubert, Schumann,
Strauss, Wolf